From the Sun-Sentinel:
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is engaged to a woman he met last September during a trip to New York, according to a published report Thursday evening.
Crist, 51, asked Carole Rome, 38, his girlfriend of nine months, to marry him on Thursday at his St. Petersburg apartment, the St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site. Crist says she said yes without hesitation.
“She’s special in every way. She’s brilliant, beautiful and sweet. I’m very, very lucky,” Crist told the Times on its politics blog, The Buzz.
Crist told the Times he picked out the sapphire and diamond ring on Wednesday at the Gold and Diamond Center in St. Petersburg’s Northeast Shopping Center.
Crist says the couple may plan a fall wedding, most likely a small ceremony in St. Petersburg followed by a larger reception at the governor’s mansion. Crist said he hopes he and Rome can have a child.
“I’m very, very happy,” the governor told the Times. “I love her.”
I guess Gov. Crist thinks that having a beard will make him a more attractive VP candidate…